The Knee-High Man by William Miller

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A traditional African American tale about a tiny man who leaves home to become the biggest, loudest, meanest creature in the forest, but a wise owl shows him the foolishness of his wish.

About William Miller

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Miller teaches creative writing and African American literature at York College. Lucas, an art teacher in the Bronx, is a winner of the Gyo Fuijikawa Award from the Society of Illustrators and the Innovative Teacher's Award from the New York City Board of Education.
Published February 1, 1996 by Gibbs Smith. 32 pages
Genres: Young Adult.

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A traditional African-American folktale retold by the author of Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree (1994, not reviewed), about a little man who wants to become bigger, louder, and meaner than he is.

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Towered over by rabbits and toads, a tiny African American man longs to be ""the biggest, the loudest, the meanest creature in all the forest."" He asks a horse how he got to be so big;

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